The ABC Book Challenge | “G”

Book Blitz_I absolutely love everything about this challenge/tag! I saw this on Life of a Literary Nerd and was super excited to start it right away. Each week I’ll be posting another letter of the alphabet. So, be prepared for lots of posts in this series! 🙂


Memorable Titles That Start With “G”

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi was so much fun to read! It kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. It had tons of action, friendships, ghosts, talking lizards…like what more could you want? The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman is one of my all time favourite books. Everything about it intrigued me and totally influenced my love of all things fantasy. My other love is historical fiction and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is a perfect example of the genre done right. I can’t wait to watch the film version of it really soon!

Books Starting With “G” On My TBR

I have loved everything Roshani Chokshi has released so far, so I have extremely high expectations for The Gilded Wolves when its released in January 2019. My fingers are still crossed in hopes of receiving an eARC on NetGalley. I keep on saying that I’m going to start Graceling by Kristin Cashore, but just haven’t actually done so. Why? I have no idea. It has everything I adore in a book: magic, adventure, romance and political intrigue. Finally, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers has been on TBR since 2015. Yes, I know that’s a long time. It’s one of those books I really want to read but there’s always something else that steals my time away. Soon…hopefully soon!


Which memorable books that start with an “G” have you read? Have you read any of the books included above? What were your thoughts about them? ❤

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The ABC Book Challenge | “F”

Book Blitz_It’s been a while since I’ve added to this tag! Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about it. Anyway, I saw this on Life of a Literary Nerd and was super excited to start it right away. Each week I’ll be posting another letter of the alphabet. So, be prepared for lots of posts in this series! 🙂


Memorable Titles That Start With “F”

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury is a retelling of Aladdin with a twist. I loved every single thing about this book…the romance, the adventure, the magic. Did I say the romance? *swoon* Sarah Glenn Marsh’s Fear the Drowning Deep was one of the very first physical books that I received for review. I loved how it blended historical fiction, mythology and magic. Faith and Moonlight is a novella by Mark Gelineau and Joe King. I really wish the authors would have finished with the series. I want to know what happens next, but they haven’t released anything since 2016.

Books Starting With “F” On My TBR

The Falconer by Elizabeth May has been on my TBR for quite sometime now. I love the fact that it blends steampunk technology and Scottish folklore. I really need to move it further up my list of must read books for this year! I automatically added Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao to my TBR when I read its synopsis, however, its cover is less than exciting. The green just doesn’t do it for me! I found The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier while browsing through YA historical fiction lists on Goodreads. Again, I love how it takes place in Scotland. I currently have it on my TBR for the 20 Books of Summer challenge.


Which memorable books that start with an “F” have you read? Have you read any of the books included above? What were your thoughts about them? ❤

Book Blogger Test Tag

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I’m having so much fun doing tags right now! Thanks so much to Read It & Weep for tagging me. Please go check out their lovely blog when you have a chance! ❤


The Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
2. Answer the questions asked on this post — don’t stress it’s quick!
3. Nominate and notify some peeps. 5 preferred.


The Questions:

1. What are your top 3 bookish pet peeves?

  • Cover changes mid-series. Like really?!?!
  • Love triangles or squares
  • Insta-love

2. Name a perfect reading spot.

When I was recently on vacation, I loved reading outside on the beach just before sunset. It was so peaceful listening to the waves roll in. All of the people had pretty much gone back to their rooms for dinner and the heat had died down. The cool breeze was so refreshing. I wish I could read there every evening!

3. Give 3 reading confessions:

  • I’m terrible at making TBRs. I never stick to them because I’m such a mood reader. However, I still keep on making them. I don’t even know why!
  • If I’m not really feeling a book (especially ones with alternating POVs), I’ll skim through parts/POVs that don’t really interest me.
  • I try to read to at least 45% before DNFing a book, but I can usually tell if I’m going to enjoy a book within the first few pages. It’s something about how the author writes…the flow, style and how the characters sound.

4. When was the last time you cried during a book?

I cried and cried while reading The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace.  There’s just something about that poetry collection that pulls at my heart. It was the same when I read its predecessor The Princess Saves Herself in This One.

5. Number of books on your bedside table?

Right now, I have two books on my bedside table:

  • The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One
  • What to Expect the First Year

I used to have a lot more but I moved them to my new area in our family library. My room was becoming too crowded and messy with books everywhere.

6. Favorite reading snack?

I don’t usually eat while reading unless I’m out somewhere by myself. Instead, I usually read while drinking a cup of tea or coffee.

7. What are 3 books you’d recommend to anyone?

Whoa…”anyone” is very broad. I just can’t recommend a random book to someone. I always struggle to give recommendations to friends and family members because I always want them to enjoy the book I tell them to read. The book is something I loved and enjoyed and I just really want them to feel the same way. So, knowing what they like, their interests, etc. is really important. For example, I may love reading fantasy but I would never recommend that to my dad. He’s more of a non-fiction, biography book kind of guy. Also, some books due to their subject matter aren’t for everyone as they could be hurtful or triggering. So, that’s also important to keep in mind when recommending books. It’s just a really complicated thing!

8. Provide a picture of your bookshelf:

It’s a work in progress! I’m still moving books and bookish items from my bedroom to the family library.

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9. How much do books mean to you in 3 words?

It’s really difficult to summarize how much they mean to me in 3 words! Let’s see…escape from reality. I love reading because I’m able to leave behind the things that are stressing me out or causing me anxiety. Reading has exposed me to so many different cultures, ideas and points of view. I honestly believe that it has made me a better, more open and empathetic person. That’s why I’m always trying to get friends, family members and my students to read. It has so many benefits, plus it’s tons of fun!

10. Biggest reading secret?

I never DNFed a book until I started blogging. It never even crossed my mind before. However, once I started accepting review requests and going on NetGalley binges things changed. I always try to give a book a chance and will read to around the 45% point. It breaks my heart giving up on a book, but there just isn’t enough time to struggle through something that you don’t enjoy. What’s the point? Prior to blogging, I always stuck to books that I knew I would enjoy. Right now, I try to branch out or take chances on books or authors I’ve never heard of before. The majority of the time it works out and I’ve discovered so many amazing books that way. However, this also means that some don’t work out hence the DNFing.


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Weather in Books Tag

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It’s tag time again! I’m not sure who originally created this tag, but I found it over on Use Your Words and thought that I would give it a try. If you know who created this tag, please let me know so I can credit them. I love how this tag is short and sweet. I actually ended up writing a lot more for each prompt than I normally do. That really surprised me! Anyway, on to the prompts and answers…


Sunshine: A book that made you smile

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40281342Over the past year or so I’ve discovered the romance genre and I seriously don’t know what took me so long. I absolutely love it! So, if you have any recommendations for me I’m so open to them.

I recently read Damaged Goods, a novella by Talia Hibbert. The story is all about second chances and rediscovering love. It features a white heroine and a Moroccan-Italian hero. The main characters and their interactions just made my heart explode with happiness. And….there’s a guaranteed happy ending. *sigh* I need to read more of Talia Hibbert’s books in the near future.


Rain: A book that you couldn’t put down

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15749186After years of people recommending the trilogy to me, I finally picked up To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Once I started I just couldn’t stop reading it. I loved how it was so character driven, an intimate look into the life of Lara Jean and what it’s like to be a teenager. I could identify with a lot of things that happen in the book. Growing up is hard! People say that high school doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but it’s where a lot of young people experience the ups and downs that prepare them for later in life. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that this book was so addictive that as soon as I finished I downloaded the other two books in the trilogy and started reading them right away. This never happens! I’m now eagerly waiting for movie based on the books to be released on Netflix.


Wind: A book that blew you away

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36086513Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed blew me away because I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. The novel is aimed at middle grade readers, but I truly believe that people of all ages can enjoy and learn from it. The story was terribly sad but beautifully and powerfully written. The book focuses on Amal, a young girl who is forced to become an indentured servant after a run-in with a wealthy family in her village. I really like how middle grade novels are pushing boundaries and bringing a variety of social issues to the forefront. Besides slavery, the book also tackles topics such as the treatment of women and girls, education for all and corruption. I can’t recommend this book enough!


Hurricane: A tragic book

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25480342A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness completely destroyed me. I haven’t cried so hard while reading a book in ages. I didn’t expect it to hit me as hard as it did. If you haven’t read it than you really should. It tells the story of a young boy who is struggling alone through some very difficult experiences. On top of this, he is visited by a monster who tells the boy stories in an effort to help him work through his emotions. This book was simple but absolutely beautifully written. Plus, the mixture of reality and fantasy really added depth and kept the reader on edge. The ending is what really got me. It packs an emotional punch that really stayed with me long after I finished reading. I haven’t read any of the author’s other books, but feel like I really should. I just don’t know if my heart can take it.


Blizzard: A book you had high expectations for

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36373464I really wanted to love From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon for a variety of reasons. I really enjoyed her previous book When Dimple Met Rishi…it was super adorable with swoon worthy moments and laugh out loud dialogue. However, this book ended up being the opposite of what I was expecting. I found the lead character, Twinkle, too self-centred and irritating. It was really difficult to like her and when the book is told from her POV that’s really a problem. Also, there was an unnecessary love square, which is totally worse than a love triangle. One romantic interest would have been enough. The “extras” created silly amounts of drama that had me rolling my eyes…A LOT!


Tornado: A book that you didn’t like at first but ended up loving

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15993203The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman was one of my most anticipated reads in 2016. As soon as a I heard about it I added it to my TBR. What wasn’t to love? It’s set in Regency England and features a mix of historical fiction and fantasy with magic and demons. So, when I began reading it everything felt so…so flat. The first 40-50% of the book was very slow. Actually, it was quite boring! It was a just lot of promenading around the park, descriptions of clothing, etc. However, the second half more than made up for the slow start. It’s full of demon slaying, mystery and slow burning romance. It was what I was wanting and so much more! And the sequel….oh my gosh was it so good. I guess this is why you should always give a book a chance and not set it aside right away. Sometimes you have to push through to get to the good stuff.


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And of course anyone else who would like to give this tag a try! Remember to link back so I can check out your answers. ❤

The Liebster Award

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Thank you to Luna at Bookish Luna for nominating me! Please go take a look at her lovely blog and show it some much deserved love. ❤ I’ve done this award before, but it’s honestly been ages. It’s always a lot of fun to do because the questions always different. Alright, onto the award…


The Rules:

  • Thank your nominator and provide a link to their blog
  • Answer your nominator’s 11 questions
  • Create 11 questions of your own
  • Nominate 11 blogs

Luna’s Questions:

1. What books have the most sentimental value for you?

I would have to say my boxset of the first three Harry Potter books. My aunt and uncle gave them to me and wrote beautiful messages for me inside of the cover. The messages encouraged me to read and to be myself. It was the first time anyone had gifted books to me so they are super special.

2. What does your dream bookshelf or library look like?

Well, right now I’m in the process of setting up my dream bookshelf. Our house now has a library and a very large portion of it is dedicated to my books. I’ve started to add lights and cushions to it. My goal is for it to be ready by the fall so I can cuddle up and read.

3. Have you had a pet that you gave a bookish name? If not, if you did get a pet what bookish name would you give them?

I’ve named my fish after Harry Potter characters, but the rest of my family has chosen to ignore it. They don’t see the point in naming fish since they all look the same. *shrugs* I tried.

4. Have you ever DNF’ed a book? What book was it and why?

Oh yeah, tons! I hate doing it but sometimes it just has to be done. There are too many books out there and not enough time to read them all. I usually read until the 40% mark to see if I like it. I usually put a book aside if the pacing is extremely slow, I have issues with the characters or the writing style seems off.

5. Do you reread books? Please explain because I am very curious.

Very, very rarely. It has to be a book that I totally loved. I’ll reread books by Jane Austen but that’s really about it.

6. What is your reading routine?

I don’t know if I really have a routine. I usually read at night just before I go to bed. I find it’s a great way to slow down and forget about the stress from the day. Other than that, I read whenever I have the chance.

7. What was the first book you remember reading?

Umm….I don’t really know. I do remember how excited I got about the Harry Potter series. It was the first time that I realized that reading could be fun. Before that, reading was a source of great stress since I struggled with phonics and wasn’t able to read at grade level.

8. What format do you usually read?

I usually read using the Kindle app on my iPad. eBooks are usually cheaper and more accessible. However, nothing beats a physical book!

9. How many books are currently in your TBR?

I currently have 157 books on my Goodreads TBR. I think that’s pretty good because a few months ago it was spiralling out of control at over 1,000. I did a massive purge and found tons of books that I honestly don’t remember adding.

10. What book are you most excited about reading this year?

I’m looking forward to reading:

  • The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman
  • Nemesis by Kat Ross
  • Lions Can Always Learn to Roar by Charlotte Anne Hamilton

My Questions:

1. Do you create a monthly TBR? If so, how closely do you follow it?

2. If you could change any book cover, which one would it be and why?

3. What other social media platforms do you use to talk about books?

4. What is your favourite short story or novella?

5. Do you collect/purchase international editions of books?

6. When was your last reading slump? How did you work through it?

7. Which bookish character do you most closely resemble?

8. Which bookish character annoys you the most and why?

9. There’s a biography being published about your life so far, which author would you like to write it?

10. Pick one: bookish jewelry or clothing?

11. Do you write reviews for books that you DNF? If so, what do you include in the review?


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50 Little Things That Make Me Happy

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I saw this on Jenny in Neverland’s blog and immediately fell in love with the idea of writing down things that make me happy. I think it’s so important for us to stop and take note of the little things in life. With how busy we all are it’s hard to appreciate the little things. I know I get caught up in so much stress and rush around a lot. I actually found it hard to think of 50 items. Anyway, here’s my list of the things that bring me immeasurable amounts of joy…


  1. Light rain showers
  2. Walnut kieflies
  3. Burning candles
  4. Book mail
  5. Afternoon naps
  6. Road trips
  7. Friday date nights with my husband
  8. Discovering a new band
  9. Watching history documentaries
  10. Old book stores
  11. My morning coffee
  12. Completing a to-do list
  13. Feeling my baby kick
  14. Debating (I like to argue)
  15. Planning a vacation
  16. Watching a lightening storm
  17. Weekend staycations
  18. Hearing my baby’s heartbeat
  19. Baking cakes
  20. Singing along to Bastille in my car
  21. Red wine
  22. Walking barefoot in the sand
  23. Watching film/TV adaptations of Jane Austen novels
  24. Reading
  25. Walking along the beach in the evening
  26. Watching reruns of Xena: Warrior Princess
  27. White chocolate
  28. Queueing blog posts
  29. The silence of an early morning
  30. Seeing my students succeed (even in the smallest of tasks)
  31. Bright red lipstick
  32. Long hot showers
  33. The smell of burning incense
  34. The way my dog greats me when I return home from work
  35. Completing a 5K run
  36. Hot chocolate in the winter
  37. The beginning/end of a school year
  38. Earl grey tea
  39. Whiskey
  40. Learning a new word in Spanish
  41. Yoga
  42. Exploring Edinburgh
  43. Decorating the baby’s room
  44. Finding money in coat/sweater pockets
  45. Receiving a text in the morning from my husband
  46. Visiting museums
  47. Sleeping in freshly washed bedsheets
  48. Skyping with my parents
  49. Seeing friends and family achieve their goals
  50. Homemade chocolate chip cookies

Which little things bring you happiness? Do any of them match mine? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. ❤

I Spy Book Challenge

Book Blitz_It’s time for another tag! I found this one on Kristen Kraves Books (a lovely blog that you should really check out).

How the Tag Works: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!


1. Food

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2. Transportation

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3. Weapon

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4. Animal

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5. Number

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6. Something You Read

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7. Body of Water

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8. Product of Fire

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9. Royalty

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10. Architecture

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11. Clothing Item

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12. Family Member

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13. Time of Day

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14. Music

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15. Paranormal Being

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16. Occupation 

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17. Season

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18. Colour

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19. Celestial Body

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20. Something That Grows

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